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Gov. Daugaard Signs Budget Bills, Building South Dakota Legislation

          Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, S.D. 57501







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Gov. Daugaard Signs Budget Bills,

Building South Dakota Legislation


PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed the budget bills, which revise the budget for Fiscal Year 2018, set the budget for Fiscal Year 2019, and provide ongoing increases for state employees, education, and Medicaid providers.


“South Dakotans can be proud of this balanced budget which funds increases for our state’s three priority areas,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Revenue outlook has improved slightly since I offered my budget proposal in December, allowing us to give state employees a raise and invest more in our schools and Medicaid providers. Considering where we began, I’m happy with where we ended.”


House Bill 1320, the General Appropriations Act, provides for the following ongoing increases in FY2019:


  • 1.2 percent for state employees,
  • 1 percent for K-12 education,
  • 2 percent for community-based Medicaid providers
  • 0.5 percent for other Medicaid providers


House bills 1045 and 1056, also signed today, provide additional funding for education. HB 1045 transfers $5.8 million in budget reserve money to K-12 to cover costs of higher than anticipated enrollment and HB 1056 increases the amount local governments may levy in property taxes.


Including general, federal and other funds, the total budget for Fiscal Year 2019 is set at $4.7 billion. The adopted budget continues the Governor’s policy of achieving a structurally balanced budget, using one-time money to fund only one-time expenses and ongoing dollars to fund ongoing expenses.


Gov. Daugaard also signed Building South Dakota legislation into law today. Senate Bill 81 maintains four separate Building South Dakota funds for housing, local infrastructure, workforce and economic development.


“Establishing the Building South Dakota program is among the most significant economic development steps we have taken in the past seven years. This new funding mechanism establishes a reliable, ongoing revenue stream so the Building South Dakota grants can be better sustained for the future,” Gov. Daugaard said.